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On This Day
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Orange
"Orange Wednesdays"
30s
24 Jan 2005
Two of the familiar panelists from the Orange Film Board appear in this ad preomoting the offer that Orange users gives two cinema tickets for the price of one on Wednesdays. As one silently tries to think of a name for the offer; the other tries to think of an offer that could fit the name Orange Wednesdays.

Specsavers
"Crop Circles"
30s
24 Jan 2010
This amusing commercial for Specsavers has a farmer wondering why the aliens consistently leave crop circles in his fields. Could it be that there is some extraterrestrial message being left for him by visitors from far away galaxies? It certainly looks like it.

Save The Children
"No Child Born To Die"
60s
24 Jan 2011
This touching film for Save The Children shows a number of African youngsters watching celebrated moments from history as they are projected onto the sides of buildings and trees. Without support, their lives may not be long enough to emulate the luminaries they admire.

Bisto
"Promise"
40s
24 Jan 2011
This lovely commercial for Bisto is made up of a series of promises made by children. Each offers to improve their behaviour in exchange for an opportunity to sit down with the whole family for one meal each week. A cunning piece of reverse psychology.

Guinness
"Clock"
60s
24 Jan 2013
This charming commercial for Guinness offers the point of view of a clock that's decided to do more than simply tick tock onwards in a uniform fashion. Three illustrations of its ability to manipulate time demonstrate how its actions improve the lives of those who dwell in the small town that it dominates. Lovely.

MailChimp
"KaleLimp"
60s
24 Jan 2017
We can imagine vegans will be deeply conflicted by this bizarre ad for email marketing company MailChimp. Now we know where kale really comes from. These upmarket diners order something called "KaleLimp". We're then transported to a swimming pool with some rather unusual patrons: dogs made of kale. Well, we are always told to wash vegetables before consumption.

MailChimp
"JailBlimp"
60s
24 Jan 2017
Another zany scenario from MailChimp sees a girl take aim at a blimp piñata. While her party guests watch in awe, she swings away. It's a direct hit… allowing dozens of tiny prisoners to make their dash for freedom. All those hours spent tweaking the brand name in unexpected ways has paid off. Plus, you can beat jelly wobbling in mid-air.

Arla Skyr
"The Judge"
40s
24 Jan 2017
In a country which experiences fewer than two murders a year - to the point a recent, rare case has gripped the nation - we like to imagine this is what the Icelandic judiciary spend their time getting up to. This funny film sees a judge ruling - Solomon style - on cases as serious and varied as a tug of war, a mountain climbing race, and her husband's tie selection.

BUPA
"Kiss It Better"
40s
24 Jan 2005
Beautifully filmed commercial claims that at BUPA all they want is to make us feel better - er, and our money, presumably. The ad shows various people being kissed better by their nearest and dearest and, somewhat incongruously, a house unfolding to reveal a beautiful natural landscape.

Walkers Potato Heads
"Potato Head"
40s
24 Jan 2005
Gary Lineker provides the voice for Mr Potato Head as he describes how Walkers's new range of crisps are without artificial colourings, flavourings, preservatives and much of the saturated fats.

Five
"Words"
64s
24 Jan 2006
Each of the major independent TV stations has now upgraded its look and the channel once derided for offering little more than a menu of live paternity tests by day and soft porn by night shows how it is matured into a more mature broadcaster.

Five
"This Much I Know"
58s
24 Jan 2006
Five takes a leaf out of Channel 4's book with various stars from its imported TV shows telling us what they know. Shot against a stark white background, the trail manages to cleverly emphasise what an impressive array of programming Five has managed to assemble.

Anchor Butter
"Cow Slippers"
30s
24 Jan 2008
Fuzzy Feltz is used to remind us that the cows that provide the milk for Anchor Butter freely roam the grassy pastures of New Zealand. In fact, it probably won't be long before the enlightened Kiwis offer cattle the vote... and from there how long before the first bovine Prime Minister?

Fiat Punto
"Quando, Quando, Quando"
40s
24 Jan 2008
A slightly gentler version of the ad from last year which turned the tables on the film The Italian Job by showing the three Fiats in the national colours of Italy driving around in the exciting fashion of the classic 1960s caper movie.

Kit Kat
"Crane"
60s
24 Jan 2011
A wrecking ball operator is enjoying a Kit Kat during his break when he decides to have some fun. We were pretty sure that we'd worked out what was coming next but we were wrong... it wasn't conkers as we imagined but something even more elaborate.

Film 4
"Great Directors Season"
60s
24 Jan 2012
Filmfour is holding a Great Directors Season and this trail shows some of the participants talking about film. Sketched versions of the directors' visages appear on screen as we hear their voices behind which has the neat effect of implying coherence for the season.

Super Bowl
"Early Risers"
20s
24 Jan 2014
In this amusing little trail for the Super Bowl, late-night revellers awaken dishevelled and disorientated as their well-rested and energetic offspring get up to find them. It perfectly captures the nightmare that is the morning after the party; crunchy carpets, pounding heads, flatlining blood sugar levels and children reeling away from the alcoholic miasma emanating from your every pore.

Go Compare
"Geek"
20s
24 Jan 2015
Go Compare advertising is getting groovier and groovier as it moves away from the village-y element and more towards superhero status. This spot homes in on a Professor Branestawm type whose cure for "comparison blindness" has made him feel a bit moneysupermarket.com - as a rival price comparison site might put it!

Barclays
"Code Playground"
40s
24 Jan 2015
Another charming ad in which a Barclays Digital Eagle helps a youngster take their first steps in learning how to code. The boy is asked what might happen if he increases the number of moving shapes on the screen in front of him, and he selects figures based on the ages of himself, his dog and his brother... but not his mum, because the upper limit stops at 20.

Canada Dry
"Relax Harder"
37s
24 Jan 2017
The Hoffman Brothers have proven they know a thing or two about working up a sweat with their work for Nike, and this ad for Canada Dry is no exception... until it is. The rapid-cut style currently popular in sport-based ads is employed here, a montage of 'work hard, play hard' building to - not a crescendo, but - a woman lounging in a hammock with a cold can of root beer 'relaxing harder.'

Survival of the Fittest
"Battle of the Sexes"
60s
24 Jan 2018
ITV2 fill the Love Island-shaped hole in their schedule with Survival Of The Fittest. Pitched as the "ultimate battle of the sexes", this well-shot trail pits men and women against each other in the African savannah. Let's hope a curious lion doesn't wander into the fray... though that would be one of a heck of a ratings boost.

ASOS
"Activewear"
40s
24 Jan 2018
ASOS show other brands how to get diversity right in this compelling ad for their range of activewear. The stylishly shot montage has a pleasingly pastel palette and sees people from all walks of life explore why they choose to get moving. From proving the haters wrong to upping their Instagram likes, the variety of reasons for being active are as diverse as the cast themselves.

Ford Ranger
"100 Days of Dark"
3 mins 56s
24 Jan 2018
Darkness reigns in this extended Ford Ranger commercial. The marque and RSA's Toby Dye travel to Longyearbyen, Svalbard - the world's northernmost town. The film follows Longyearbyen residents as they, well, make light of one-hundred-and-ten days of gloom. Make sure you adjust your brightness levels before watching.

Early Man
"Home Development"
10s
24 Jan 2018
The cast of Aardman's 'Early Man' tackle property development with mixed results in this 10" ad. Keen to overhaul her living space, this ambitious caveowner quickly regrets her choice of builders. Kevin McCloud's prehistoric ancestor must have lived on the other side of the valley. Nice stone work, at least.

Mazda
"Car's Revenge"
30s
24 Jan 2005
According to this ad, the cheeky Mazda sprays a jet of water at any car with the temerity to urinate on its wheel. DAVID predicts that some punters will think this is for real and expect their car to exact revenge on any incontinent canine who happens along. Why stop there - what's wrong with a car that delivers a fatal electrical shock to a thief attempting to break into it?

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